H.P. Lovecraft

Selected Works, Critical Perspectives and Interviews on His Influence


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About the Book

This collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s most influential works presents several of his most famous stories, a sampling of his poetry and an abridgment of his monograph Supernatural Horror in Literature, with commentary providing background and context. Criticism is included from such scholars as S.T. Joshi and Robert M. Price, along with essays by writers Brad Strickland and T.E.D. Klein, and interviews with Pulitzer-nominated author Richard Monaco (Parsival) and award-winning novelists Cherie Priest (Boneshaker) and Caitlin Kiernan (The Drowning Girl).

About the Author(s)

Leverett Butts teaches American literature at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia. He lives in Temple, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

H.P. Lovecraft Edited by Leverett Butts
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 306
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7091-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3303-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
A Note on the Text 5
Primary Works
History of the Necronomicon 10
The Call of Cthulhu 12
The Colour Out of Space 31
The Dunwich Horror 49
The Whisperer in Darkness 76
The Shadow Over Innsmouth 115
Waste Paper 155
Fungi from Yuggoth 159
Critical Work
Supernatural Horror in Literature 171
Secondary Works
The Structure of Lovecraft’s Longer Narratives (S.T. Joshi) 204
Cosmic Fear and the Fear of the Lord: Lovecraft’s Religious Vision (Robert M. Price) 216
The Victorian Era’s Influence on H.P. Lovecraft (Shannon N. Gilstrap) 223
The Shadow Also Rises: H.P. Lovecraft’s Ambivalent Modernism (Tracy Bealer) 233
Shantih Versus Shanty: Lovecraft’s Parody of Eliot’s Utopian Anxiety (Joseph Milford) 240
The Internal Continuity of Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth (Jim Moon) 244
The Haunter of the Library: What Lovecraft Taught Me (Brad Strickland) 256
An Interview with Cherie Priest 260
An Interview with Caitlín R. Kiernan 266
An Interview with Richard Monaco 268
An Interpretation of Lovecraft’s Astrological Chart (Richard Monaco) 273
Providence After Dark (T.E.D. Klein) 275
Notes 279
Works Cited and Select Bibliography 293
Index 295

Book Reviews & Awards

“The critical essays explore a variety of aspects of Lovecraft’s work, such as his story structure, his relationship to Victorian fiction and modernism, and the ever-present issue of his racism and its reflection in his work…highly recommended”—Booklist.